December 2007

Gun Tests Guns Of The Year 2007

Which firearms offer canít-miss combinations of performance and value? We look back at the previous 11 months of evaluations in Gun Tests and tell you what we would buy.

Every December I survey the work Ray Ordorica, Roger Eckstine, Ralph Winingham, Jennifer Pearsall, Ben Brooks, Joe Syczylo, Dave Henderson, and Kevin Winkle have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns the magazineís staffers have endorsed wholeheartedly. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full yearís worth of tests and distill summary recommendations for readers, who often use them as year-end shopping guides. These "best of" choices are a mixture of our original tests and other information Iíve compiled during the year. After the magazineís FFLs sell high-rated test products to readers, I keep tabs on how many of those guns do over time, and if the firearms continue performing well, then I have confidence including them in this wrap-up.

This year we introduced letter-grade scoring, so to keep the results consistent, I made previous "Our Pick" and "Best Buy" choices conform to our current grading scale. All the guns in this compilation are "A" or "A+" choices.

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